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Vincenzo, Lorenzo and Spartaco

Artists, patriots, benefactors

031-1 ritratto Vincenzo

Vincenzo Vela

A politically involved artist who lived across national borders. One of the leading exponents of realistic sculpture in the Italian speaking world of the nineteenth century.

032-1 ritratto Lorenzo

Lorenzo Vela

Vincenzo’s older brother, a decorative sculptor and ‘animalier’. He made ornaments for public and private buildings and created genre sculptures.

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Spartaco Vela

Vincenzo’s only son, a painter whose major themes were genre paintings, people and landscapes. He donated his father’s villa and his own collection to the Confederation.